Lamb drafted by Hit­men

The Southwest Booster - - SPORTS - STEVEN MAH SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

A dif­fi­cult sea­son paid off for Swift Cur­rent's Hunter Lamb when he was se­lected by the Cal­gary Hit­men in the West­ern Hockey League Ban­tam Draft Thurs­day.

Un­like other prospects who skip school to fol­low the draft, Lamb was in class when his name was called in the ninth round. "Ba­si­cally ev­ery­one just started tex­ting me in the mid­dle of class," he ex­plained.

Lamb, the son of Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos Head Coach and Gen­eral Manager Mark Lamb, was the lead­ing scorer on the Swift Cur­rent Ka­bos Raiders as they strug­gled to a 3-28-0 record in the Saskatchew­an Ban­tam AAA Hockey League this sea­son be­fore los­ing both of their play­off games.

"It was tough," he said of his sea­son. "My team wasn't the strong­est, but I think I did okay."

Lamb was still able to av­er­age over a point per game with 15 goals and 18 as­sists in 31 regular sea­son games and then added seven points in two play­off games.

"I just kept work­ing. I just tried not to get down and just kept go­ing," he said.

That pro­duc­tion led the Cal­gary Hit­men to se­lect the 5'8'' for­ward in the ninth round, 196th over­all. Lamb was the only South­west player taken in this year's WHL Ban­tam Draft.

"I had a feel­ing maybe, but not by them for sure," he said of his se­lec­tion and added that he had not talked to many teams prior to the draft.

Lamb gave credit to his for­mer Ban­tam coach, Kent Woods, as well as his fa­ther for help­ing him get to this point. He will be try­ing out for the Swift Cur­rent Mid­get AAA Le­gion­naires next sea­son af­ter ap­pear­ing in five games with them late last sea­son. He reg­is­tered two as­sists dur­ing his late sea­son call-up.

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